Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16184

New builds are ready for members of the Windows Insider Program's Fast ring: Preview Build 16184 for PC and Preview Build 15208 for mobile.

Preview Build 16184 features two main updates: My People, a taskbar app that's supposed to make it easier to communicate with the people in your life, and the expansion of some Windows 10 Mail and Calendar features to Gmail users. The former is all about introducing new features to Microsoft's communications tools, whereas the latter makes other features available to people who don't use Outlook and Office 365 to handle all of their email.

Here's what Microsoft said in its blog post about My People:

Technology is all about making it easier for you to connect with your most important people. Whether you want to share a photo, make plans for dinner, or get an answer from a friend or coworker – My People is here to take it to the next level and bring the people you care about most to the center of your experience.

My People is supposed to achieve that lofty goal by letting you pin up to three people in your taskbar, allowing you to view multiple communications services right next to each other, and remembering your app of choice for the next time you want to chat with that person. Enabling the feature requires you to install Preview Build 16184; make sure you have the latest versions of Skype, Mail, and People; and click the People icon in the taskbar.

This build also kicks off the expansion of some Mail and Calendar features to Gmail users. Microsoft said earlier this month that the apps will now let non-Outlook and Office 365 users to do things "such as easily tracking travel and shipping deliveries, making emails more actionable, helping you easily track your favorite sports events, faster search, and more." Windows Insiders will, naturally, be the first to use the expanded features.

Preview Build 16184 also brought some improvements to the Start menu, squashed a few bugs, and "fixed an issue resulting in Counter Strike Global Offensive hanging or freezing during game play." You can find a full list of bug fixes and known issues in Microsoft's blog post about the build.

The company also released Preview Build 15208 for mobile. It fixed two issues--one pertaining to the Bluetooth Settings page and the other creating a 20-second delay if you try to shut down a phone after switching from one network to another--and has its own batch of known problems. The most important of those bugs is a "small percentage of devices" that "may experience text message backup loss" and "random shutdowns on some devices."

These updates seem downright bursting with new features (moreso on PC than mobile) when compared to their predecessors. That's because most of the recent preview builds have focused on improving Windows 10's core instead of adding new features so close to the Creators Update's debut. Or, you know, revealing that the Creators Update for mobile devices would be restricted to just a handful of smartphones.

Nathaniel Mott
Freelance News & Features Writer

Nathaniel Mott is a freelance news and features writer for Tom's Hardware US, covering breaking news, security, and the silliest aspects of the tech industry.

  • mac_angel
    so they are bringing back another version of MSN
  • Jim90
    Hmm...for me, more bloatware. "My People, a taskbar app" - and we'll get a choice to remove this M$ or not?
  • Kennyy Evony
    Tired of JWplayer on this site? download your favorite "block site" extension or plugin and block and you are done. (for now)
  • sadsteve
    Heh, more stuff I'll never use.
  • chicofehr
    clutter. I spend too much time removing/disabling the new stuff on my laptop. Win 7 for gaming still as I prefer that os for its non changing nature. I am a minimalist when it comes to my os. Clean, simple and non intrusive is the only way.
  • nubro01
    Well, I installed it and it broke my Outlook 2010, my mail starts synchronizing and then Outlook get into not responding with 3 out of xx messages to download and I have to cancel.
  • Doug_30
    Beware -
    16184 can cause hangs in Outlook, when downloading new mail messages. I had to remove his build after one day of use.

    Yes the "My People" icon can be removed from the taskbar.
  • nzalog
    Sad I have to edit the registry for my computer just so windows does not download <mod edit> apps I don't want.
  • computerguy72
    I agree the autoplay stuff on Toms H is more annoying than any ad.
  • hst101rox
    If you buy a new desktop or laptop and want to upgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8, Microsoft will not allow any Windows Updates to install, even critical security updates.

    A disgruntled Microsoft Developer has allowed Windows updates for Windows 7 and 8 to install if that OS is installed on Kaby Lake CPUs!
    The developer has released a patch that will now allow Windows Updates on Windows 7 or 8 when running the latest Intel or AMD chipsets.
    Microsoft, cramming Windows 10 down our throats will not work.